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Johns Hopkins study shows how brain training, if correctly targeted, can enhance cognitive and brain performance

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This training exercise boosts brain power, Johns Hopkins researchers say (Johns Hopkins release)

“One of the two brain-training methods most scientists use in research is significantly better in improving memory and attention, Johns Hopkins University researchers found. It also results in more significant changes in brain activity. Read the rest of this entry »

Challenge your mind with this logic brain teaser: Which direction is the bus going?

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Can you see the bus above?

Assuming it is moving forward, in which direction do you think it’s traveling, right or left?

Please try answering on your own before checking below… Read the rest of this entry »

Mental rotation exercise to challenge your brain’s parietal lobe over the holidays

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Mental rotation refers to moving things around in your mind. It is one of the main visuospatial skills we all have…in different degrees, yes.

Here’s an exam­ple. Please pic­ture in your mind an arrow point­ing to the right. Now, turn this arrow so it points to the left. Done? You have just per­formed a men­tal rota­tion. Read the rest of this entry »

Why financial analysts should grab a paint brush and a canvas (and artists do more math)

Which Brain Exercises Improve Memory Best? (Reader’s Digest):

“The exercises you do to keep your mind sharp may not be enough to improve memory over time, but new research from the book The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness reveals better ways to boost your brain health…If you can breeze through the Sunday puzzle, you are not doing your mind any favors. That’s because the key to a vibrant, healthy brain includes challenge and novelty…keep your brain fit with new activities that test various skills; a financial analyst may want to grab a paint brush and a canvas, for example. Even playing different types of puzzles–a crossword today, Sudoku tomorrow–is better than doing the same type over and over again.”

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127 scientists challenge the purported brain training “consensus” released by the Stanford Center for Longevity

Open-Letter

Scientists to Stanford: Research Shows Brain Exercises Can Work (Press release):

“A group of 127 scientists sent an “open letter” to the Stanford Center for Longevity, today, in reaction to a recent statement by the center that was highly critical of the emerging science of brain training and derogated the efficacy of all brain exercises…The letter is signed by 127 doctors and scientists, many of whom are luminaries in the field of neuroplasticity – the discipline that examines the brain’s ability to change. Signatories include members of the National Academy of Sciences, members of the Institute of Medicine, Read the rest of this entry »

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